Mar 5, 2014 6:00am PST
of state john kerry and the ukraine president will be face to face. efforts at diplomacy have failed so far. i'm martha maccallum. gregg: i'm gregg jared. the united states and great britain could not get ukraine and russia to sit down earlier this morning at a gathering of world leaders in paris but they say they will try again in a few hours. martha: russia is gaining ground in crimea, reportedly surrounding two battalions of ukrainian troops. this as one eastern pro-russian city where russian flags have flown since saturday. the european union is upping the ante with some money. they offered $15 billion to bail the ukraine out of a steep economic crisis. james rosen is traveling with secretary kerry in paris. the efforts to get ukraine and russia to sit down at the table and talk seem to have failed. >> so far a non-starter good day from paris where secretary of state kerry brought the foreign minister on board the secretary's own plane. the two met with the british foreign secretary william haig. they largely agree on the ukraine crisis. but it was meant to note the absence much russia.
Mar 3, 2014 6:00am PST
with good solutions. secretary kerry is not taking the military option off the table. but nobody is suggesting a return to the cold war status. in washington they are talking about sanctions, economic and diplomatic moves. plans for a g8 meeting in russia being suspend. the u.n. secretary haig is in washington. there is talk about that. over the weekend we saw and heard about a 90-minute conversation between pu between vladimir putin. and the president. they are worried and a lot of concerns in a lot of places right now. bill: thank you, gregg palkot leads our coverage in london. martha: president obama took hits on his handling of this situation. republicans are saying vladimir putin looks wild. senator rogers says this is not a game. he says if it were a game the russians are playing chess and the u.s. is playing marbles. >> i think it's a naive position on the part of the national security visors if they keep giving things to russia they will wake up and say the united states isn't that bad. that's missing the motivations of why russia does what it does. >> every time the pres
Mar 4, 2014 6:00am PST
to the government in kiev. martha: we had secretary of state john kerry arriving in kiev. so far president putin has reviewed to back down. >> first the assessment of what happened in the ukraine and kiev as a whole. this was an unconstitutional coup and armed seizure of power. bill: what can you tell us about the very tense situation in ukraine as of now? >> reporter: there is a heavy fog that descended over kiev on independence square. people are continuing to try to drum up moral support for their revolution that seems to be in jeopardy because of this tense situation particularly in the southern area of crimea. both sides have been incredibly disciplined in this standoff between ukrainian and military forces. but there were concerns about missteps. there were tense moments at the air base taken over by russian soldiers i in balaklava. they warned the ukrainian troops and said they would shoot. it was an example of how thing are on evening. in the black sea the ukrainian naval ships are blockaded by russian forces. it's a very compl -- very compld situation. russia and the ukraine worked together
Feb 27, 2014 6:00am PST
states stand on this situation? secretary of state john kerry saying that this is not about the united states versus russia. watch. >> we're hoping that russia will not see this as sort of a continuation of the cold war. we don't see it that way. we do not believe this should be an east/west, russia/united states. this is not "rocky iv." march good of to have you here -- martha: good to have you here, bret baier. they may not want vladimir putin to perceive as a cold war chess game, but perhaps he does. >> yeah. it was interesting to hear the secretary of state it's not rocky iv, you know, 1985, rocky balboa against ivan drago -- martha: very food trivia. >> and and rocky wins in the end. critics are saying vladimir putin may be looking at reruns and wants drago to win this time, and they want the u.s. maybe to have a little bit more stallone. it's clear that putin is making moves here with his military and all the thing that amy kellogg just talked about. this is happening realtime, hour by hour, and the create mania region -- crimea region is vulnerable. there's stuff happening. the
Feb 26, 2014 6:00am PST
kerry said late yesterday the u.s. does not want this to become a replay the cold war, u.s. versus russia. he said and i quote, it is about the people of ukraine making a choice for the future. we hear the people of ukraine are making a few more choices. interim government today disbanding the special riot police thought to be responsible for some of the killing in recent violent clashes. later today we hear they will announce a new lineup for the new transitional government that has got to be put in place there. that can country is in economic dire straits as we've been reporting. figure is something like $35 billion in the hole. washington looking at helping to bail ukraine out. martha: stakes very high for the people of ukraine. greg, thank you very much. bill: there is another alert. nasa set to release report today of a near death of an italian astronaut who nearly died during a spacewalk last summer, got very little attention. he nearly drowned when his helmet filled with water. the space agency admit that the suit leaked water once before but nothing was ever done about it.
Feb 28, 2014 6:00am PST
remember we talked about yesterday about secretary kerry and his warnings to russia, and then we heard from defense secretary hagel in brussels and his warnings to russia for wise guidance at this time. it does not appear that those warnings are being heeded, and what now? is it time that the president of the united states gets involved and says something, or would that escalate things further? i think this is an interesting spot. obviously, the u.s. is not interested in ramping this up with russia, but russia's doing that on its own. martha: yeah. and if other ways as well. -- in other ways as well. there's this russian intel ship that is parked in havana right now, and nobody seems to be, you know, making any excuses for it at the very least. they're saying nothing. there's a look at it. >> yeah. it's pretty, pretty interesting that the sense that vladimir putin is emboldened. there's not -- on the world stage if you ask any world leader, the center of gravity seems to be in moscow. i mean, a lot of people are saying that. not just the winter olympics and the world spotlight there, it's a